French Open 2015 Trophy Winners

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka won men’s singles at French Open 2015 and kept Novak Djokovic from winning his missing Grand Slam after beating him in the final 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

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Tennis Grand Slam winners 2011-2014

Novak Djokovic

Tennis Grand Slams tournaments are the most important annual tennis events held. Also called Majors, these tournaments offer the maximum ranking points, prize money and public and limelight. These are the most important tournaments in the career of any tennis player to reach him or her on the highest echelons of Tennis.

The Australian Open is held on the hard courts and so are US tournaments. French Open is played on Clay court and Wimbledon is played on the Grass courts.

Australian Open 2011

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the second time along with wining the Grand Slam title. Before 2011, he won the tournament in 2008 whereas Andy Murray made it to the finals but lost the title at the hands of Djokovic with 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

In the women’s singles finals Kim Clijsters of Belgium clinched away the title and it happened  to be his first Australian Open title scoring 3–6, 6–3, 6–3. In the finals she played against LiNa of China and defeated her. Meanwhile Li Na was the first Asian to enter finals of any Grand slam.

In Men’s doubles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan  took away the title by Mahesh Bhupatinand Leander Paes in two straight sets of 6-3, 6-4. Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy won over Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) / Maria Kirilenko (Rus) 2–6, 7–5, 6–1.

Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Daniel Nestor of Canada bagged the title against Yung –Jan Chan of Taiwan and Paul Hanley of Australia 6–3, 3–6, 10–7.

2012

Men’s single champion ship was taken by Novak Djokovic, defeating Rafael Nadal.

Women’s single title was bagged by Belarus Tennis star Victoria Azarenka defeating Maria Sharapova.

Men’s Double – Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic

Women’s double – Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Vera Zvonareva of Russia

2013

Men singles title bagged by Novak Djokovic and runner up was Andy Murray

Women’ single clinched by Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beating Li Na of China

Men’s double title was bagged by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

Women’s double title was won by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci

2014

In men singles title was clinched by Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafael Nadal  scoring  6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

In Women singles Li Na won over Dominika Cibulkova by 7-6(3), 6-0

In Men’s doubles Lukasz Kubot/Robert Lindstedt defeated Eric Butorac/Raven Klaasen by 6-3, 6-3

In Women’s double Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci won over Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina scoring 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

French Open 2011

Spanish Tennis Maestro won French Open 2011 defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland, clinching away the title for the sixth time.

Chinese emerging player Li Na surprised everyone by bagging the title beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy by 6–4, 7–6.

In doubles Max Mirnyi (Belarus) / Daniel Nestor (Canada) won over Juan Sebastian Cabal (Columbia)/ Eduardo Schwank (Argentina).

Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) / Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) won over Sania Mirza (India) / Elena Vesnina (Russia).

2012

Men singles – Rafa Nadal (ESP) won over Serbian star Novak Djokovic (SRB) scoring 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Women Singles – Maria Sharapova (RUS) clinched the title defeating Sara Errani (ITA) with 6-3, 6-2

Men Double was taken by Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Daniel Nestor (CAN) defeating Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) with 6-4, 6-4

Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) won over Maria Kirilenko (RUS) / Nadia Petrova (RUS) winning with 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

2013

Rafael Nadal won over David Ferrer scoring 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Men’s single

Serena Williams won over Maria Sharapova by 6-4, 6-4

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan defeated Michael Llodra/Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 4-6, 76-4, 4-6, 7-6(4)-6(4)

Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina won over Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci with 7-5, 6-2

2014

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic scoring 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

Maria Sharapova bagged the title defeating Simona Halep with 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4

Women doubles – Shuai Peng/Su-Wei Hsieh won over Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci with 6-4, 6-1

Men Doubles –-Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin won over Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez winning series with 6-3, 7-6(1)

US Open

2011

In men Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Rafael Nadal (SPN) with 6–2, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1

In Women Samantha Stosur (AUS) defeated Serena Williams (USA) with 6–2, 6–3

In Doubles Women – Liezel Huber (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) won over Vania King (USA) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) with 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3).

In Men doubles Jürgen Melzer (AUS) / Philipp Petzschner(GER) won over Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) with 6–2, 6–2.

2012

In Men’s singles Andy Murray (GBR) won over Novak Djokovic (SRB) with 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

In Women’s singles Serena Williams (USA) won over Victoria Azarenka (BLR) scoring 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

In Women’s double Sara Errani (ITA)/Roberta Vinci (ITA) defeated Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE)/Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 6-4, 6-2

In Men’s single Sara Errani (ITA)/Roberta Vinci (ITA) won over Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE)/Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 6-4, 6-2

2013

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic with 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

Serena Williams won over Victoria Azarenka scoring 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

In Women’s double Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka won over Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua 6–7(4), 6–1, 6–4

In Men’s double Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek won over Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares with 6-1, 6-3

Wimbledon

2011

In Men Novak Djokovic (SRB) won over Rafael Nadal (SPN) with 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3.

In Women Petra Kvitová (CZR) won over Maria Sharapova (RUS) with 6–3, 6–4

In Women’s double Květa Peschke (CZR) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) won over Sabine Lisicki (GER) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) with 6–3, 6–1

In Men’s double Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) defeated Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecău (ROM) with 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–2)

2012

In Men’s singles Roger Federer (SUI) won over Andy Murray (GBR) with 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4

In Women’s single Serena Williams (USA) defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) with 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

In Women’s double Serena Williams (USA) / Venus Williams (USA) won over Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE) / Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 7-5, 6-4

In Men’d double Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Frederik Nielsen (DEN) won over Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecău (ROM) with 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3.

2013

In Men’s single Andy Murray bagged the title winning over Novak Djokovic with 6–4, 7–5, 6–4

In Women single Marion Bartoli won over Sabine Lisicki with 6-1, 6-4

In Women’s double Peng Shuai/Hsieh Su-Wei won over Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua with 7-6(1), 6-1

In Men’s double Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan defeated Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo with 3–6, 6–3, 6-4, 6-4.

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

Top ten female tennis players of French Open

Top ten female tennis players of French Open, Suzanne Lenglen

French Open Championship is held in Paris, France and is one of the celebrated tournaments in the world. The French Open tennis has got immense popularity and is trailed by a large number of the people throughout the world. French Open tournaments are always played on the clay court which calls for an extra edge over the game as it is not an easy affair to win the tournament in a clay court. The court lowers the ball and increases the bouncing capacity of the ball thereby making it an absolutely swift game. It has been very well proved that winning a French Championship tournament will greatly influence the tennis players’ career as it is measured to be a tough game in contrast to all other tournaments in tennis. Since the ball bounces with great speed the player tennis must be really good to spot the turn of the ball and should be prepared for any surprise moves. The top ten famous female tennis players in French Open Championship are listed below:

  1. Chris Evert
  2. Steffi Graf
  3. Suzanne Lenglen
  4. Margaret Court
  5. Françoise Masson
  6. Kate Gillou
  7. Justine Henin
  8. Jeanne Matthey
  9. Helen Wills
  10. Monica Seles

On the whole, the French open tournament is considered to be one tournament that requires a big deal of physical actions. The players need to have a total direction over themselves and the field and requires being remarkably quicker upon which the triumph of the championship lies. This elite group of greatest female tennis players have established their courage in clay court games and in turn have imprinted their way to the Championship positions that they hold today. The commitment and the kind of enthusiasm and fervor they showed towards the game have brought them to be in the list of top ten championships of all times in the sturdy game of French Open Single’s Championship.

Top ten female tennis players of clay court

Top ten female tennis players of clay court, Chris Evert

French open is a well-known tennis tournament that makes use of the clay court as its playing field. It requires a diverse set of skills to play tennis on a clay court as the ball is slowed down to a great extent. Clay court tennis games bear with it an entirely new experience of tennis. Clay court tennis takes the players to an entirely different dimension of game plan. Tennis is played on different types of courts. Each court carries with itself a completely different dimension of the game. The pace, movements, control and strategies differ for each court and the tennis player must mold himself to take up the challenge in different courts. A seasoned player will certainly be aware of the distinction of each court. As far as clay courts are concerned, it is a tough ground to attain triumph.  Clay courts are generally made of hard and rough substances like that of brick, shale and stone. Even the change in the color of the clay will point to a different form in the court. The red clay is allegedly slower than the green one. Given below is the elite list of top ten greatest female tennis players who has added pride to their origin and the tennis game as well by bringing out some of the evergreen shows of all time.

  1. Chris Evert
  2. Steffi Graf
  3. Suzanne Lenglen
  4. Margaret Court
  5. Françoise Masson
  6. Kate Gillou
  7. Justine Henin
  8. Jeanne Matthey
  9. Helen Wills
  10. Monica Seles

Clay court tennis requires the player to posses a great amount of strength and tempo in order to make a spot in the clay court tennis field. Of course, the above top ten famous female tennis players have easily achieved this feat with their astonishing performances. The title of top ten champions does not come that simply and needs a lot of insight and adroitness to get it.

Top ten male tennis players of French Open-All time

Top ten male tennis players of French Open-All time, René Lacoste

French Open Championship is one of the prestigious tournaments in the world. It is held in Paris, France. The French Open Tennis has got lot of popularity and is followed by a large number of the crowd throughout the world. It has been very well proved that winning a French Championship tournament will greatly influence the tennis players’ carrier as it is considered to be a tough game in comparison to all other tournaments in tennis. French Open tournaments are always played on the clay court which calls for an extra edge over the game as it is not an easy affair to win over the tournament in a clay court. The court lowers the ball and increases the bouncing capacity of the ball thereby making it an absolutely swift game. Since the ball bounces with great speed the player must be really good to spot the turn of the ball and should be prepared for any surprise moves. Overall, French Open tournaments are considered to be one tournament that demands a great deal of physical activities. The players need to have an absolute control over themselves and the ground and needs to be amazingly fast to acheive victory on the championship ground. The top ten men in French Open Championship are listed below:

  1. Max Decugis
  2. Björn Borg
  3. Henri Cochet
  4. Rafael Nadal
  5. Paul Aymé
  6. André Vacherot
  7. Maurice Germot
  8. Gustavo Kuerten
  9. René Lacoste
  10. Ivan Lendl

This bunch of amazing male players have proved their mettle in clay court games  and in turn have carved their way  to the Championship positions that they hold today. The commitment and the kind of zeal and passion they showed towards the game have brought them to be in the list of top ten championships of all times in the tough game of French Open Single’s Championship.

Top ten male tennis players of Clay court-All time

Top ten male tennis players of Clay court-All time, Gustavo Kuerten

Clay court tennis gives an entirely new experience of tennis. Clay court tennis takes the players to an entirely different dimension of game plan. Tennis is played on different types of courts. Each court carries with itself a completely different dimension of the game. The pace, movements, control and strategies differ for each court and the player must mold himself to take up the challenge in different courts. A versatile player will definitely be aware of the difference required for each court. As far as clay courts are concerned, it is a tough ground to attain triumph. Clay courts are usually made of hard and rough substances like that of stone, brick and shale. Even the change in the color of the clay will indicate a different form in the court. The red clay is supposedly slower than the green ones. French open is a famous tennis tournament that makes use of the clay court as its playground. It requires a different set of skills to play tennis on a clay court as the ball is slowed down to a great extent. Below is the exclusive list of the top ten men who has added pride to their nations and the tennis game by bringing out some of the evergreen performances of all time.

  1. Max Decugis
  2. Björn Borg
  3. Henri Cochet
  4. Rafael Nadal
  5. Paul Aymé
  6. André Vacherot
  7. Maurice Germot
  8. Gustavo Kuerten
  9. René Lacoste
  10. Ivan Lendl

One needs to possess a great amount of force and speed in order to make a mark in the clay court tennis field. Of course, the top ten slots in this field are not that easy to achieve but a few marvelous men have easily achieved this length with their extraordinary performances. The title of top ten champions does not come that easily and requires a lot of skillfulness to gain it.

History of French Open-Ronald Garros

by on September 17, 2010
in Grand Slam: French Open

History of French Open-Ronald Garros
The history of French Open could be traced back to year 1981 when the very first tournament was played and won by Briggs. At that moment, it was not an international tournament. In year 1897, Women Singles Championship was introduced.In the city of love, Paris, the most physically demanding tennis tournament, French Open is played every year. Known also as Roland Garros and being the premier clay court tournament, it is played between late May and the earlier week of June for two weeks. Although the clay court provides a surface for slow game, this championship has been entertaining the tennis fans all over the world with sensational matches.

The dry and slow clay surface has given tremendous players like Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Justine Henin, Rafael Nadal and many more
to the tennis fans.In the year 1925, Roland Garros was made open for all the competitors. After the French Open was recognized internationally, the legendary player Bjorn Borg showed his magic in tennis world and claimed his sixth title in the year 1981. In Women’s Singles, Chris Evert mesmerized the women tennis world with her game and won seven titles, which is a record held by her till date. The only player to win titles closer to Evert was Steffi Graf who became the winner six titles.

In the chase for the French Open King, Rafael Nadal has made his mark by claiming 6 French Open titles, equalling Borg’s record and is expected to do magic in the coming years. However in the current era, no women tennis player has been able to dominate the clay court comprehensively. 

Women on Garros winning single titles

by on June 2, 2010
in Grand Slam: French Open

justin-henin-female french open winner

Women, with their sporty and ravishing looks, dressed in beautiful outfits have been playing on Garros since 1897. Though it’s hard to play on clay, women came out to be really strong and have been setting records on Garros. Women tennis stars add up colors to the clay court by their ravishing and vivid outfits which are always a treat to watch.

Like men, women tennis players have set the records on Garros by winning the most single and consecutive single titles as well. Players like Henin, Steffi and Chris Evert have shown absolutely amazing tennis skills and incredible wins on the clay court. Let’s have a flashback in these two categories.

Winner of most Women’s singles titles on Garros

Era before 1968

The legendary player Suzanne Lenglen claimed six singles titles of Garros.

Era after 1967

Chris Evert broke the record of Suzanne by wining seven single titles. No one in the present time is even close to her record.

Winner of most consecutive women’s singles titles

Era before 1968

It’s again the legendary player Suzanne Lenglen who won the consecutive Roland Garros singles titles from 1920-1923.

Era after 1967

Justine Henin, the present clay queen, has been able to win three consecutive Garros titles from year 2005-2007. Henin has immense potential on clay and is surely going to make use of her caliber to win the maximum Garros titles.

Presently, the players who have the potential to lead on clay are Henin and Kuznetsova. Keep watching the Garros event every year to know how far these ladies will have gone in the event.

Winners of most French Open doubles titles

Winners of most French Open doubles titles, Max Decugis

In a limited area of the Garros court, four players, two on each side of the net, move back and forth and sit around waiting for their turn to play. Wait a minute. Four players in one court? Yes! We are talking about the Men’s Doubles title which is always a treat to watch, as no matter how much the Garros produces friction, the game goes on really quickly. The four men manage to run around the court and work out with their partners in developing the best coordination to play the shots.

Like all other Grand Slams, Garros also provide a platform for doubles and always an interesting watch. Many records have been set in the doubles title of Garros in the past which includes the male tennis stars who won the most doubles titles and those who won the consecutive double titles as well. So here is a quick flashback!

Era before 1968

The 14 titles of men’s double before 1968 belonged to Max Decugis who with his excellent play made this record and got massive fame. Along with him, Roy Emerson claimed six doubles titles before 1968.

Era after 1967

After 1967, Paul Haarhuis, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Leander Paes won three doubles titles.

Consecutive win of doubles titles

Along with this, there are players who have set the record of consecutive wins of doubles titles in Garros. The era could be divided into the following:

Era before 1968

Max Decugis won 13 consecutive doubles titles from year 1902 to 1914. Till this date, no one in the tennis world has reached this record. Along with him, again it’s Roy Emerson who won 6 titles of doubles between 1960 and 1965.

Era after 1967

After 1967, Gene Mayer won twice with Hank Pfister and Sandy Mayor in 1978 and 1979. Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Daniel Vacek won consecutively twice in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Last in Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi won two consecutive doubles titles in the years 2005 and 2006.

As the Garros event takes place every year, there is an opportunity for young lads like Nadal to break one of these records or at least level them.

A big applause for the legendary players!

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